American Visual Cultures

American Visual Cultures

by David Holloway, John Beck
     
 
Working from a social theory, which recognizes a "capitalist- democratic totality," and responding to recent events and trends indicating that totality is becoming global, Holloway (American Studies, U. of Derby, UK), Beck (American literature and culture, U. of Newcastle upon Tyne, UK) and contributors examine the codes in American visual culture. They begin with the

Overview

Working from a social theory, which recognizes a "capitalist- democratic totality," and responding to recent events and trends indicating that totality is becoming global, Holloway (American Studies, U. of Derby, UK), Beck (American literature and culture, U. of Newcastle upon Tyne, UK) and contributors examine the codes in American visual culture. They begin with the period extending from the Civil War to the Great Depression, including visual representations of Manifest Destiny, imaginary female Civil War soldiers, race in silent films, and the marketable avant-garde; and they continue with representations in the 1929-1963 era of the New Deal, war, the emergence of television as a propaganda tool, and the emergence of abstract expressionism. A section on 1963 to 1980 explores postmodernism, violence, dissent, and commodity feminism, and the final set of articles describes visual politics in terms of NAFTA, marketing memory, representing race and sight-bites on the news. Annotation ©2005 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780826464842
Publisher:
Continuum International Publishing Group
Publication date:
05/28/2005
Pages:
368
Product dimensions:
6.64(w) x 9.96(h) x 0.95(d)

Meet the Author

David Holloway is Lecturer in American Studies at the University of Derby.

John Beck is Lecturer in English at the University of Newcastle.

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